Members of the Estevan Fire Rescue Service have been called to a couple of fires caused by trees falling on power lines.
The first one was on Wednesday in north-central Estevan. Firefighters arrived on scene to find an overhead power line and a tree that were on fire. They maintained perimeter control until SaskPower arrived on scene to perform an assessment and isolate power to the area.
“We went in and suppressed any remaining fire, and turned the scene back over to SaskPower,” said Feser.
Tree branches were trimmed to prevent further contact and arching from occurring.
The other occurred on Friday morning in southwest Estevan. Tree branches came into contact with the power lines to creating an arching situation, resulting in the tree fire.
SaskPower arrived on the scene and isolated the power, and the fire department extinguished the last of the fire.
Both incidents were caused by wet, heavy snow in the Estevan area.
The fire department was also called to a two-vehicle collision in central Estevan on Monday. Once crews arrived, it was found to be a very minor collision, with no injuries, entrapments or fluids leaking.
Firefighters were also called to an accident involving a vehicle and a deer four kilometres east of Frobisher on Wednesday night. There weren’t any injuries, but when fire crews arrived on scene, they found another responding fire department treating a female driver.
The deer was not located, and the vehicle was found to still be in a drivable state, although some items had to be removed so that it could be driven.
“We removed a few sections out of the wheel well so that it wasn’t going to be rubbing on the wheel, so that way the occupant and owner of the vehicle could safely make it to her destination,” said Feser.
The fire department also participated in the launch for the new Estevan chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Drivers on Tuesday morning.
“We’re very happy to be part of this organization, and we’ll be supporting it whole-heartedly,” said Feser.
And the fire department also had its training night on Tuesday. They had their pictures taken by Brian Zinchuk for the Fire Prevention Week special section that will appear in Wednesday’s edition of the Mercury.
They also moved the 1928 LaFrance fire truck into the display area at the front entrance of the fire hall.